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OfflineLloydChristmas
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Shooting stars
    #6014373 - 08/31/06 03:42 AM (14 years, 8 months ago)

I find it somewhat disturbing that some people my age have never seen a shooting star. Whether it be with friends or the end of a date, I like to end a good night just hanging out outside looking at the stars. In many of these instances after a shooting star streaks across the heavens, someone will say that that was the first one they'd ever seen. How in 20+ years of life could you not take 10-15 out of your night and look skyward?

I don't know where this came from, but anyone experience this phenomena?


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Re: Shooting stars [Re: LloydChristmas]
    #6014384 - 08/31/06 03:48 AM (14 years, 8 months ago)

Yep. Lots of people live their entire lives never having done things. Its just weird... I love staring at the stars.


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Re: Shooting stars [Re: LloydChristmas]
    #6014401 - 08/31/06 04:08 AM (14 years, 8 months ago)

In my area, half the things I think are stars are just airplanes are helicopters.

Here, a clear sky is one where you can see half of the big dipper.

Try spotting a meteorite in that haze.


Of course I've seen at least 8 dozen shooting stars. I camped up in the mountains with my dad when I was a kid and we watched the best meteor shower that will ever happen in my lifetime.


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Re: Shooting stars [Re: Konnrade]
    #6014407 - 08/31/06 04:11 AM (14 years, 8 months ago)

Guess I'm just spoiled with a big clear sky.


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Re: Shooting stars [Re: LloydChristmas]
    #6014437 - 08/31/06 04:40 AM (14 years, 8 months ago)

Around here the sky is far too cloudy or lit up with city lights, that seeing them is almost impossible. Also there is a smog factor, etc.

When I go camping in the PA mountains, I see several every night. I think it has to do with the elevation and how clear the sky is.... out there I was at very high elevation.
I don't think most people in my area have ever seen one either. I have seen plenty and I'm very young still.


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Re: Shooting stars [Re: LloydChristmas]
    #6014468 - 08/31/06 05:06 AM (14 years, 8 months ago)

I saw the craziest shooting star that appeared to be not much higher than a plane would be. It seemed so close that it gave the illusion of the sky was flat like a roof.


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Re: Shooting stars [Re: LloydChristmas]
    #6014476 - 08/31/06 05:24 AM (14 years, 8 months ago)

i'm not sure i would say i find it disturbing, but i do find it very surprising that people generally see so few shooting stars! i live in britain, one of the more crowded islands on the planet, in the south east, one of the most crowded parts of this island - and yet i would say if i sit staring skyward on a clear night for about 30 mins i've got about a 90% chance of seeing a shooting star. though the sky is much much clearer and more impressive if you can get as far away from polution and cities as possible - the best skies i have ever seen have been in new zealand (southern hemisphere seems to have a better/more pronounced milky-way)

in the summertime on hot, dry nights (anything over 15celsius or so) i often sleep in my back garden (on top of one duvet and under another with a generous helping of pillows, coz i'm a softee at heart!). every night i do that i see shooting stars if its clear, it's a beautiful thing do do. all the "normal" people i mention this habit to think i am absolutely nuts. all i can say is that they are the crazy ones for missing out on natures free picture-show! glorious. on really hot nights its more comfortable sleeping outdoors anyhow (no AC here!)


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Re: Shooting stars [Re: LloydChristmas]
    #6014776 - 08/31/06 10:14 AM (14 years, 8 months ago)

I think the last time I saw a shooting star I was 9...

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Re: Shooting stars [Re: LloydChristmas]
    #6014784 - 08/31/06 10:18 AM (14 years, 8 months ago)

I've seen maybe one or two ever. Where I'm from, I can't see a clear night sky. I've never seen the milky way for example..


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Re: Shooting stars [Re: vampirism]
    #6014795 - 08/31/06 10:27 AM (14 years, 8 months ago)

I find it a hell of a lot more depressing that the skies are fucked where some people live to the point where they can't see stars... much less shooting stars...

hooray for humanity.

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Re: Shooting stars [Re: LloydChristmas]
    #6014803 - 08/31/06 10:34 AM (14 years, 8 months ago)

geek


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Re: Shooting stars [Re: eligal]
    #6014875 - 08/31/06 11:16 AM (14 years, 8 months ago)

Quote:

eligal said:
I think the last time I saw a shooting star I was 9...

:goatse:




Bro, you need to come up to BC.

Last time I saw a shooting star was like.... 9PM last night! lol

Me and my buddies have been walking around or heading up to the lake each night to chat and star at the stars. It's beautiful.


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Re: Shooting stars [Re: TheSlapnCapn]
    #6015003 - 08/31/06 12:21 PM (14 years, 8 months ago)

Quote:

TheSlapnCapn said:
I find it a hell of a lot more depressing that the skies are fucked where some people live to the point where they can't see stars... much less shooting stars...

hooray for humanity.

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Me too.

I see them all the time. If I'm driving late at night for more than 20 minutes in my area, I'll see at least one. And that's just driving. Of course, if I'm driving in the city, I hardly ever see them.

I remember laying down on the deck of a cruise ship that was in the middle of the ocean, hundred of miles from any major source of light, I'd see a shooting star every 3-5 minutes.

And then there was this meteor shower I watched back when I was in high school where you'd see a shooting star/meteor every 3-5 seconds. Twas awesome, minus the fact that it was about 10ºF with windchill :wink:


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Re: Shooting stars [Re: Gumby]
    #6015009 - 08/31/06 12:23 PM (14 years, 8 months ago)

...

And here I was thinking shooting stars were rare...

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Re: Shooting stars [Re: eligal]
    #6015040 - 08/31/06 12:40 PM (14 years, 8 months ago)

Nope, stare at the sky for 20 min. you're almost guaranteed to see one, as long as the sky is clear enough where you are.


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Re: Shooting stars [Re: LloydChristmas]
    #6015045 - 08/31/06 12:45 PM (14 years, 8 months ago)

one of my best trips
I was 16 and out on a big ass pontoon boat with some friends.
(not all of us were trippin) those of us who were, were just laying on the deck lookin at the stars and we seen this bad ass meteor shower and yes it was real the peeps that werent trippin saw it too.

anyways if you need a good light show look to the stars.


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Re: Shooting stars [Re: LloydChristmas]
    #6015106 - 08/31/06 01:08 PM (14 years, 8 months ago)

It only takes one clear night if you try.


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Re: Shooting stars [Re: barfightlard]
    #6015236 - 08/31/06 02:04 PM (14 years, 8 months ago)

its not hard at all, i live outside chicago in the burbs and you can see them there just fine, as long as its clear...


on an overcast night, the whole sky turns orange from the cuty lights.


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Re: Shooting stars [Re: LloydChristmas]
    #6015461 - 08/31/06 03:31 PM (14 years, 8 months ago)

It's light pollution. It's the price we pay for "civilization"...

It used to be, at night, that we'd huddle around the campfire; for protection from the everpresent, lurking, and unknown, evil just beyond the circle of light. But if you were brave enough to venture outside that circle, out into the darkness, you could look up at night and see the heavens in a way totally unfamiliar to many now -- a vast milky expanse that once gave rise to the gods and many noble mythologies...

Now, at night, we huddle around the glow of our tv-sets; for protection from the shear terror of existentialist boredom. And if you are brave enough to venture outside the comfort-zone of your warm suburban home, and look up to the skies, all you see is the reflected glare of a million-billion city lights -- the result of burning the oil from a million dinosaurs and funding for a million katyusha rockets for the Holy Land...


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Re: Shooting stars [Re: Papaver]
    #6015492 - 08/31/06 03:44 PM (14 years, 8 months ago)

i took Lucy the night of a big meteor shower...it was one of the greatest and most memorable moments of my life. then i watched a stevan seagal movie!


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